- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty University has missed a self-imposed deadline to publish coronavirus figures on its website.

The News & Advance reports that the university promised by Tuesday to launch a data dashboard, a popular digital tool used by large colleges and universities to disclose the number of COVID-19 case among its students and employees to the public. .

A Liberty spokesman said the dashboard was delayed by a “technical glitch,” but did not reply when asked when the digital tool is now expected to launch.

Since in-person classes began late last month, Liberty has declined to release daily COVID-19 figures as other institutions of higher learning have.

Instead, the university has provided two updates to the media about positive cases, frustrating some students and parents who have called for more transparency from the school.

In the most recent update on Sept. 8, Liberty reported 90 students and employees had tested positive in the preceding two weeks. At the time, 93 students and employees had tested negative and 180 were awaiting results.

Keith Anderson, executive director of the Health & Wellness Office of Liberty University, said earlier this month the school still was in the process of developing the dashboard. He said the digital tool will report numbers on a weekly basis.

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